Celebrating Nurses at UC Davis Health
Cheryl Wraa, R.N., M.S.N.
Cheryl Wraa grew up in Sacramento attending Crocker Elementary, California Middle School, and C.K. McClatchy High School. She knew that she wanted to be a nurse from the time she was in middle school. During high school she volunteered as a Candy Striper at Sutter General Hospital. Cheryl initially graduated from Kaiser School of Nursing in Oakland, California, a three year diploma program, in 1975. During that time she also received her Associate of Science degree from the College of Alameda. Upon graduation she immediately returned to Sacramento and began working as a new graduate here at UC Davis. Cheryl worked night shift on the rehabilitation ward for a few months and then transferred to the MICU.
A few years later Cheryl moved to Auburn, California where she worked in the ED at Auburn Faith Community Hospital. There she became the pre-hospital coordinator and begin teaching the EMT II Course. In 1984 she returned to UC Davis to be one of the original flight nurses. Cheryl loved this part of her career and flew for 14 years. During that time she returned to school and received her BSN from CSUS. Cheryl also became involved with the National Flight Nurses Association serving on the board of directors for many years including being president and became a site surveyor for CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services).
Cheryl was also part of the founding committee, contributing author and an instructor for the Flight Nurse Trauma Course. When she returned to CSUS for her Masters program, she left flight nursing and began working with the Trauma Program as a performance improvement nurse. Except for a brief time as manager for the ED, Cheryl has spent the rest of her nursing career with the Trauma and Emergency Surgery Program, and has served as manager since 2006. Being involved with the trauma community has given her many opportunities. She is an instructor for the Advanced Trauma Course for Nurses (ATCN), a member of the California State Trauma Advisory Committee, co-leader for the Northern Regional Trauma Care Committee (RTCC), has served on the board of directors and currently president for the Trauma Managers Association of California (TMAC), and is the new director for the Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR) course.
In addition to her love of trauma care, Cheryl also loves to teach nurses. For nine years she served as clinical faculty for the CSUS BSN nursing program in advanced med/surg. She is also an educator for ReSurge, an organization that travels to third world countries to teach them how to care for patients requiring reconstructive surgeries. She has traveled to Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ghana and most recently Nepal. She is also a senior clinical editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and has written chapters for textbooks and co-authored a medical/surgical nursing textbook.
As Cheryl nears retirement and looks back on her career, she has no regrets. “I have always loved nursing, working with patients and families, and teaching the next generation of nurses’ relationship-based care. My career has given me endless possibilities and experiences I would have never had otherwise. Nursing is part of my DNA and I truly believe that being a nurse is not just a profession, it is a way of being.”
Bridget R. Levich, R.N., M.S., C.D.E.
Bridget Levich is a clinical nurse specialist in diabetes and program director for the Chronic Disease Management Program here at UC Davis Health System. She has been the driving force behind the development and offering of patient self-management classes for patients with diabetes, heart failure, and asthma in the health system. Bridget initiated a comprehensive self-management education and training program for diabetes. After applying for American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognition the program received a certificate of recognition from the ADA in 2003. This recognition continues today and recognizes the "In Charge and In Control" diabetes self-management series meets the national standards of diabetes self-management.
Bridget's passion is for teaching patients with whom she interacts about the concepts of self-management. Using motivational interviewing skills she is an untiring advocate for patient-centered education and inspires all who work with her, whether it is a patient, another nurse, physician, resident, student or other allied health professional. Bridget is widely recognized in the Sacramento community as a leader in diabetes education. She is currently serving on committees at the local chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
In addition to her newly published article, Bridget has also published two other articles in peer-reviewed Diabetes journals and has written a chapter on Self-Management in "Chronic Disease Management" (J. Nuovo, editor, Springer 2007)
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